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20 Things about Disneyland Halloween Time and Mickey’s Halloween Party

Disneyland Halloween Time, known as Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, begins on September 15th, 2017, and the first Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place on Friday September 20th, 2017. I’m excited to share 20 things about Disneyland Halloween Time since our family had such a great experience there awhile back. Disneyland during the holidays is something that shouldn’t be missed by any Disney fan.

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It’s important to understand the difference between “Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort” and “Mickey’s Halloween Party”. If you visit the parks anytime between September 15th and October 31st, you’ll experience “Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort”. This includes:

  • Beautiful, fun, and festive fall décor all around the Disneyland Resort
    • Show some jack-o-lantern love with a stroll through our annual Main Street, U.S.A. Pumpkin Festival, a dreadfully delicious display of one-of-a-kind, hand-carved pumpkins!
    • Experience a traditional Dia de los Muertos skeleton display, face painting and deliciously spirited Mexican treats in Frontierland.
  • Updated for 2017: As Halloween Time falls upon the Disneyland Resort, Oogie Boogie has risen from the shadows to take over Disney California Adventure Park.
    • Demanding that Halloween lasts forever, Oogie Boogie’s oversized silhouette beckons Guests through the Main Entrance as thousands of bats cover the night sky.
    • Heed the Headless Horseman statue… its menacing presence on Buena Vista Street is simply spine-chilling.
    • Hold onto your hats as swarms of black bats coil ‘round Carthay Circle’s Bell Tower
    • Get revved when Haul-O-Ween bombards Cars Land and turns Radiator Springs into Radiator Screams!
    • Bump into your fave Cars’ characters as they strike a pose in hilarious Halloween cars-tumes—see super hero Lightning, van-pire Mater and more!
    • Go for a spellbinding spin on Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree—both are decked out with new howliday-themed music and décor!
  • Special food dishes and treats at various eateries around the Resort
  • Special holiday makeovers for Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain
    • Hop a broom and head to the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a Halloween Town fantasy featuring Pumpkin King Jack Skellington and the crypt-astic cast of characters from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    • Take a fright flight into the unknown while dodging scary monsters and super-creepy, super-freaky phantasms on Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy!
  • Some opportunities for villain appearances around the park. We had a GREAT meeting with Cruella De Vil.
  • Seasonal Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour is offered through Disneyland Park. (additional fee)
  • Guests of the Disneyland hotels can order an Mickey’s Spooktacular In-Room Celebration replete with startling surprises, gory goodies and tomb-tastic treats.

Mickey’s Halloween Party is a ticketed celebration that requires you to buy an additional ticket. The party takes place in the Disneyland Park on certain 2017 dates (Sept 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, Oct 3, 6, 10, 9, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31, 2017). The tickets are $95-$120 depending on the date of the party if you buy the day of.

  • On some party dates you can save money by purchasing your party tickets online in advance. Annual Passholders receive a discount on party tickets. Some party dates do sell out so I recommend advance purchase.

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The Mickey’s Halloween Party has a few perks that you will not be able to enjoy at Disneyland Halloween Time unless you pay for and attend the party:

  • Party guests can enter the parks (Disneyland Park and California Adventure) three hours before the party starts. This is a good way to save buying an extra day on your ticket (parkhopper) and still enjoy the parks. You’ll receive wristbands that identify you as Mickey’s Halloween Party guests. When the party starts (6pm/7pm) the cast members will begin moving non-party guests out of the park. You’ll have to be ready to show your wristband during this short period.
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party has special “treat trails” where your kids (and adults) can load up on goodies. It’s important to understand that these “treat trails” are trails of multiple candy stations. You can ask for healthy snacks too which include apple slices, carrots, and dried fruit. A trail can have something like 5 treat stations, so visiting 5 treat trails could be like visiting 25 “houses”.
  • New for 2017: Frightfully Fun Parade – watch as Disney’s trickiest tricksters march down Main Street. This parade is ONLY during Mickey’s Halloween Party.
  • Halloween Screams fireworks are amazing and only shown during the Mickey’s Halloween Party. If you enjoy fireworks displays, I highly recommend you get a spot in front of the castle (make sure you can see the space to the direct upper left of the castle) to enjoy the show. There are special projections on the castle during this show.
  • Special character photo opportunities are offered during the party. This is a great opportunity to get photos with characters you wouldn’t typically see in the parks. Great for those character/autograph hunters.
  • Dance party with lively music and great activities for the whole family, along with the chance to eat, drink and be (not so) scary throughout the park.
  • Updated for 2017: Free Disney PhotoPass! Disney PhotoPass photos captured during the event can be downloaded from your Disney account as many times as you want, for 45 days after capture.
  • Dinner Package at Blue Bayou
    • What’s Included: A 3-course, prix-fixe dinner (starter, entrée and dessert) at the Blue Bayou Restaurant and a voucher that provides access to the Frightfully Fun Parade reserved viewing area
    • Price: $69 per adult and $29 per child, plus tax and gratuity (discounts do not apply)

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Final notes & tips based on our experience:

  • Lines for treat trails look long, but move fairly quickly. However, the character photo op lines were so long that we chose to skip those.
  • Don’t expect to do everything. No matter how hard you go, don’t expect to do all the treat trails, all the characters, all the dance parties, the parade and the fireworks. You’ll have to pick and choose.
  • Bring your own treat bag if you want to really hit the treat trails…the ones they provide aren’t that large.
  • Some of the rides have short wait times later in the night.
  • You do not have to be in a costume for the party. Our daughters were in costumes, but William and I did not wear costumes. We did not feel out of place by not being dressed up.
  • People have differing opinions about how “busy” the parties are. This depends highly on when you attend (many of the Friday dates are already sold out) and also your own personal definition of “crowded”.

Feel free to ask me any questions about Disneyland Halloween Time and I’ll do my best to answer. Have any of you experienced Disneyland Halloween Time?

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  1. Laura @ The Experimental Home says

    My husband and I went to the Halloween party at Disney World a couple years ago. It was amazing. While all the families were getting candy and stuff, we got to ride all the rides over and over with practically no line! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays!

    • Kim says

      Hi Laura! I was trying to talk my girls into going on some of the rides, but they were all about the candy! We limit candy in our house so for them it was just too exciting to get bags full of the stuff. We spent multiple days as Disneyland so for them the rides were something they could do anytime, but finding the treat trails was a great adventure.

  2. Amber says

    Do you recommend a day that is less crowded than others? We are annual pass holders but we usually can’t afford the added price on top of it and I think we might make it this year :D But we really hate the crowds and generally check the “crowd calendars” before planning trips.

    If you have time, please come link up at The Blog Strut! We would love to have you there.

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    • Kim says

      Hi Amber! I also am not a fan of crowds. I just looked and it appears almost all of the advance purchase tickets have sold out. Only the 28th, 30th, and 31st are still available. I’m not really sure about the remaining dates, but would probably pick the 28th (Monday). Not that the dates are available, but I would also avoid the utah fall break dates of oct 13-20.

  3. Kriss MacDonald says

    Had no idea they put on special Halloween events at Disney. We’re hoping to take the kids there in next year or two so it’s good to know this might be a fun time to visit as well.

    • Kim says

      Hi Kriss, thanks for stopping by. Disney does a great job of making a big deal of Halloween and Christmas time. I recommend you find a way to experience the parks during both of those special seasons!

  4. Tami Von Zalez says

    I was there last year and had so – much – fun! The decorations were EVERYWHERE, every nook and cranny. I stayed at the Disneyland Resort, just walking distance from the parks.

    Popped by from SITS Girls Throwback Thursday.

    • Kim says

      Hi Tami! They really do go all out with the decorations. Really makes the whole atmosphere of Halloween come to life. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Mata Davie says

    We are from New Zealand and my husband and I did Disneyland during Halloween in 2012 and cannot wait to go back next year (2015) with our three children who will be 8,11 and 16, it was great to read about the Mickey party as we didn’t do it last time but will be doing it next time for sure, in fact we have timed our trip to the USA so that we can be be there to did Disneyland during Halloween again.

    • Kimberly says

      Halloween time is a really fun time to visit the parks. Hope you have a wonderful trip! Feel free to let me know if anything is new or different after your 2015 trip, Mata!

  6. Stephanie says

    Thank you for this post! We are going October 2015 with a 3 and 5 year old! They will LOVE this! Do you know how early you can purchase tickets to the Halloween party? We are going to be booking out trip as soon as the dates open up, so I want to be on top of it for this too! Also, you said “This is a good way to save buying an extra day on your ticket (parkhopper) and still enjoy the parks.” Do you know if this can be used for a day that we aren’t planning on having a ticket for? For example, we are flying in on Friday and buying single park tickets for Sat, Sun, and Mon, could this be used for Friday night?

    Again, thank you so much!

    • Kimberly says

      Hi Stephanie! Yes, that’s exactly correct – however don’t expect your time in the park to be spent in the normal touring mode. You’ll be participating in the party activities more than riding rides. You are able to enter the park earlier than the party begins, in previous years it was 3 hours before the party starts. That’s how you could capitalize on getting some extra park time without having a park ticket for the day. Make sense?

  7. Joni Jacobs Hamilton says

    We took my 12 year-old son to Disneyland for Halloween when he was in kindergarten. We were actually there on Halloween and attended the Halloweentime party which was held in DCA at that time. I couldn’t have asked for a more magical experience. We stayed in the Grand Californian, and they had a costume fashion show for the kids. It was so much fum. The park was amazing; I vividly remember the candy corn gardens and the live, talking scarecrows! We stayed until the park closed, and my husband had to carry our sleeping son in his Davy Jones costume back to the hotel on his shoulders. I always encourage people to try the Halloweentime party because I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day.

    • Kimberly says

      Sounds like you guys had a fabulous time there! I just love those moments of delight and great family memories that can be found during vacations!

  8. Rosita says

    Wonderful tips! I am so exited, after saving for what seemed like forever, I am finally able to take my daughters (12/10) to Disneyland in October : ) We chose October because it is my birthday but also based on all the great reviews for that time of year. My question is, I have gotten us the 3 day park hopper tickets and as soon as they go on sale I will be getting a MHP ticket, I was wondering do you think it would be better to use it on the Friday night we land or to use it to extend our time on a week night?
    Thank you : )

    • Kimberly says

      So excited for you Rosita! The weekend parties are typically more busy and cost a bit more than the weekday parties (at least when I last looked). Those might be good reasons to attend on a a week night instead. If you have the extra time, I’d probably have dinner in DTD on Friday night and save the MHP for another day. Also depending on when you land and any possible chances of airline delays, you might not want the stress of getting to the party early/on-time.

  9. Gina says

    Hi there we are planning to go the beginning of Oct this year. Do u know what the lines will be like on a Wed. Night (How crowded). I believe the date is oct 8th. Does the beginning of the month sell out quicker do you know?

    • Kimberly says

      Hi Gina, from what I’ve always heard the end of the month gets busier. However, there are some fall school breaks in Utah and Arizona that bring in some good crowds at the beginning/middle of October. I think you’re doing well by choosing a weeknight instead of weekend, but can’t really tell you what the crowds will be like. It also depends on what people consider crowded as we all have our own reasoning. Based on what I know and would estimate from my own experience, I think October 8th sounds like a great pick.

  10. Cristen says

    We are planning on staying at Dland for one night of our CA trip and just discovered one of the parties is that night. Great for us, so we can take advantage of the price break since we fly in that day. That said, we have a 2 & 4 year old and have no idea how long they will make it with the time change!!! Do you remember at what time the fireworks started? Thats the one thing my husband would like to see!! Also, are we able to ride the fantasy land rides during the party?

    Thanks for all the info!!

    • Kimberly says

      Hi Cristen! I believe the fireworks started around 930 or 10. I know my youngest didn’t make it to see them, she fell asleep once we parked in our spot. I think most rides are open including those in Fantasyland, but I’m not sure if there were certain ones that were closed. Sorry I can’t be a bit more exact, but hopefully this is a little helpful. :)

  11. Elizabeth says

    I love the fall at Disneyland! It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been, but I’m looking at going this October – can you remind me – do you have to have park admission IN ADDITION to the party ticket? Or is the party ticket enough?

    • Kimberly says

      Hi Elizabeth! The party ticket is all you need to gain admission for the party and you are allowed to enter the parks 3-4 hours before the party start time. So I believe we had a 7 pm party and could enter beginning at 3 pm (but I could be an hour off either way). So, if you want a full day at the park you’ll need to have a ticket, but if you’re happy just having a few hours before the party then the actual party time you just need the party ticket. Hope that helps!

  12. DJ says

    We’ve been to both Halloween parties, in DL and WDW. Three tid-bits I would add here are

    1) Candy is cheap mass produced junk, pass up these lines and wait until the end of the evening, as “extra” candy is usually handed out, along with bags, on one side of the park exit, just keep an eye out for it.

    2) If you really want a picture taken with one of the character’s in full Halloween gear, be prepared for LONG lines, and bring your patience, “main” characters are VERY popular, and if you are lucky you might be able to get 2 snapshots of different character before the lines too long and are shut down. Lesser characters, like Jessie from Toy Story, hidden in the BBQ ranch restaurant area at DL, last year anyway, are easy to walk up to after the original mass rush.

    3) Make time to catch the Halloween parade!! This is a special parade only shown during this special event! Same goes for the seasonal fireworks! Also, look around for the special event treats, sold at different locations throughout the park, they can be in drinks, snacks, or dessert form.

    Lastly, DRESS UP, yes, even you adults!! Embrace the moment, it’s a lot of great fun when you are in a costume as an entire family!!! In my opinion, next to Christmas this is the BEST time of year to be in the parks!!

    • Kimberly says

      All great thoughts DJ! I wish I would have been better prepared for the candy temptation so I could have purchased some candy beforehand to give to the kids and have them enjoy more of the event. They loved searching for the candy trails though. The dance parties are also fun!

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